All Learning of Communities of Practice Proposals must follow the guidelines outlined below:
Proposals for communities of practice can address any non-communicable disease topic about taking action and effective interventions and address at least one of the tracks below.
Chronic Disease Management
Learning Health System Infrastructure
NCDs in the Sustainable Development Goals
Other (Explain relevance to the goals of Congress and NCD prevention)
Each Community of Practice Proposal must include:
Chair(s) of Community (at least 2) (by submitting a proposal, you are agreeing to be a chair)
Background of the research topic and current gaps in the literature or in practice (100 words)
Anticipated outputs such as white papers, technical standards, or other documents
Proposed structure of the community of practice
Time structure, total eight hours for four days
Planned activities such as presentations, participants' collaboration activities
Ideal number of participants involved
Selection Criteria - Communities of Practice
Learning communities of practice will aim to create consensus documents (such as a white paper, technical standards, policy recommendations, etc.) with other participants during working sessions at the conference. A community may be disease-focused or methods-focused. They provide an interactive opportunity for participants to come together to share best practices and commit to applying the learning health system paradigm of data to knowledge to action to their specific area of interest. Each community will be led by 2-3 co-chairs and meet for a total of 8 hours of working sessions over the 4 days of the main conference. As an outcome of the conference, the consensus document will be edited by the co-chairs after the conference and submitted for publication in a major journal. When registering, each conference participant will have the option of joining one community of practice for the duration of main conference.
Community of practice proposals will be peer-reviewed by a committee of experts based on the criteria described below. We aim to select a diverse set of communities of practice and avoid having multiple communities of practice on overlapping themes.
Alignment with the World NCD Congress mission and focus
Originality of proposed topic
Contribution to interdisciplinarity and diversity
Contribution to prevention of NCDs
Feasible strategies to connect with participants prior to the Congress to facilitate discussion, and perhaps even after the Congress to further collaboration
Potential for generating notable publications
Potential for long-term sustained collaboration
Implementing the concept of learning health system
Communities of Practice Chairs must be registered by the Regular Registration deadline on June 30, 2020 or their community will be removed from the program.
A limited number of scholarships will be awarded through a competitive application open to accepted authors from low- and middle-income countries. If eligible, we encourage you to apply for a scholarship. Otherwise, we expect that attendees will be responsible for funding their registration, transportation, lodging, and other travel expenses.
Applications for Learning Communities of Practice proposals are now closed.